'''Rhode Island''' ( or ), officially the '''State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations''',
is a state in the New England
region of the United States
. Rhode Island is the List of U.S. states and territories by area|smallest in area
, the List of U.S. states and territories by population|eighth least populous
, but the List of U.S. states by population density|second most densely populated
of the 50 U.S. states (behind New Jersey
). Rhode Island is bordered by Connecticut
to the west and Massachusetts
to the north and east, and it shares a water boundary with New York's Long Island
to the southwest. It also has the longest official name of all the states.
Rhode Island was the first of the original Thirteen Colonies
to declare independence from British rule, declaring itself independent on May 4, 1776, two months before any other colony. The state was also the last of the...